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Scientists Embrace Shared Stewardship to Deliver Silviculture Research

Photo of A shelterwood with reserves harvest conducted to regenerate oak and create early successional habitat on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.A shelterwood with reserves harvest conducted to regenerate oak and create early successional habitat on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.Snapshot : Since 1992, the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research Work Unit has provided workshops and trainings to fulfill continuing education requirements for both federal and non-federal land managers. In 2020, scientists planned to introduce an updated Upland Hardwood Silviculture course to meet training needs of state partners in the southern region. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced scientists to quickly modify the logistics and structure of this highly anticipated training. With assistance from SRS IT specialists, SRS scientists conducted an all-virtual short course. The course delivered the most up-to-date information about the management of upland hardwood forests to more than 100 foresters and natural resource practitioners.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Keyser, Tara L.Clark, Stacy
Schweitzer, Callie 
Research Location : Asheville, NC
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2020
Highlight ID : 1711


SRS scientists developed, hosted, and participated in a four-day online short course held July 21-24, 2020. The course provided training on the principles and practices of silviculture and closely related disciplines for managing upland hardwood-dominated forests in the eastern U.S.   The course was attended by more than 100 managers from state forestry agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia; other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense; and consulting foresters. The course was originally scheduled to be in-person, but the organizers shifted to a virtual format in an effort to disseminate information while keeping participants and speakers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts from multiple USDA Forest Service deputy areas, including the Southern Research Station, Northern Research Station, and Forest Health Protection presented science-based information on a variety of topics. Other presenters were from the University of Tennessee and University of Kentucky. Presenters discussed regeneration methods and outcomes, forest health, ecological effects of fire in upland hardwood systems, fire effects on timber quality, American chestnut restoration, reviews and drivers of timber production and markets, silviculture effects on wildlife and habitat, and management of oak woodlands, mixed pine-hardwood stands, and degraded hardwood stands. The course provided land managers with tools and information needed to prepare and implement technically sound silvicultural prescriptions designed to meet multiple objectives. The course was recorded and will continue to provide information to land managers seeking the best available science for actively managing upland hardwood systems. The course is available on the Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management website:

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Forest Health Protection (Region 8)
  • ¬†Northern Research Station
  • University of Kentucky
  • ¬†University of Tennessee